Many in Colorado who are familiar with theater-style dining will be happy to hear that Boulder's Dinner Theater is opening back up with its cabaret-style shows. The Barton Brothers and Members of Face Vocal Band will be the first to premiere at the playhouse since closing in March.
Unfortunately, the theater industry has been seriously affected by the current pandemic. This includes the infamous New York Broadway theaters and the small-town playhouses. Many actors and actresses have suffered from loss of work.
Boulder’s Dinner Theater has been entertaining visitors since 1977. Also, being featured in their first show since closing will be The Stephen and Cody Show, which features Cody Qualls and Stephen Ross.
The theater's artistic director of Boulder's Dinner Theater said that the guidelines for having the performers 25 feet away from the audience and making sure that the performers remain at least six feet apart have altered what they can do on stage. Therefore, they determined that a cabaret-style act would work out just fine given the amount of space they have.
The show performance is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at noon, and an evening show later on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, pianists Dan and Jack Barton will perform. Ticket prices range from $50 to $60, depending on the time and show.
With everyone being indoors and distancing themselves from each other, it has been challenging. Performers have suffered financially and creatively, as they have to rethink how they will perform. Now, they have to create new shows to comply with safety guidelines that help keep them and others safe. The performers are excited to be able to come together again to entertain.
While there have been some concessions made, which allowed performers to still perform via Zoom and similar platforms, entertainers thrive when they can perform in front of a live audience, which the Boulder’s Dinner Theatre seems very happy to help them do.
Qualls, who is one part of a duo, said that it will be their first time performing since the pandemic sidelined everyone. He admits that he is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and is sure to be inspired by those who came out in support of them.
Another local performer was scheduled to perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall for the first time. However, due to the pandemic, this didn’t occur. However, this didn’t prevent them from performing, as they invited fans to a virtual performance.
Now that the state is opening back up, there is a lot of excitement and anticipation of what is to come. The performers have been working hard to horn their skills. They will perform new sets and some old, familiar songs will be performed. The performers want to provide the audience with something that they have been long awaiting. The theater is hoping that they can offer open-air concerts in their parking lot soon. Stay tuned!